Deputy killed, three others hurt in California shooting spree

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Posted: Oct 24, 2014 5:40 PM

SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A California sheriff's deputy was killed and three others were wounded in a shooting spree that started in a motel parking lot in Sacramento on Friday, authorities said.

The incident began on Friday morning in the parking lot of a Motel 6 when a deputy, later identified as Danny Oliver, 47, approached a vehicle considered to be suspicious, said Sacramento County Sheriff Lieutenant R.L. Davis.

Someone inside the car fired multiple rounds at Oliver, who was struck in the chest. On Friday afternoon, Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones said that Oliver had died of his wounds at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center in Sacramento.

"We grieve as a family," Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones said at a news conference on Friday afternoon. He said that Oliver, a 15-year veteran of the force, left behind a wife and two daughters.

After shooting Oliver, the car's occupants then carjacked a vehicle nearby, shooting the woman who was at the wheel before fleeing, Davis said.

The California Highway Patrol described the suspects on Twitter as a man and a woman, both Hispanic and heavily armed.

They then stole a third vehicle, a 2002 red Ford F150 pickup truck, and are believed to have crossed into neighboring Placer County, shooting two sheriff's deputies there, Davis said.

The female suspect was taken into custody on Friday afternoon, the Sacramento Bee reported.

But the man was still at large and was being sought by multiple police agencies, police said. Businesses in the town of Auburn, where the man was believed to have fled, were put on lockdown Friday afternoon.

(Reporting by Sharon Bernstein; Editing by Sandra Maler)